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Daily Brief: April 7th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
April 7, 2015
Events today

  • The Minnesota Legislature returns from spring recess.
  • In the morning, Sen. Al Franken will be in Mankato to discuss his efforts to improve health care in rural communities, and later will visit an innovative local business to highlight the importance of energy efficiency.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton holds a press conference to release his 2015 Jobs Bill.
  • 11 a.m. – State Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, chief author of College Tuition Relief Bill, holds news conference. State Office Building, Room 181, St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Minnesota House meets in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 2 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will hold a hearing in Duluth to discuss the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the effects it would have on jobs and the economy.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Sen. Franken will visit Step One Foods in St. Louis Park to meet with company officials and local firefighters about their unique partnership designed to improve cardiac health among firefighters.
  • 5:45 p.m. – The Senate Transportation Committee will hold an educational seminar at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Event Thursday

  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will give the State of the State in the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chamber.
  • 7 p.m. – Conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Register here.

Save the date

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session
At the Capitol: 24 key issues and where they stand right now, Pioneer Press
Dayton to detail bonding bill Tuesday, Pioneer Press
Minnesota legislators have plenty of work ahead as recess ends, Star Tribune
Minn. lawmakers face long list of unresolved issues, KARE
2016 election
Craig kicks off campaign to challenge Kline, MPR
Angie Craig announces run for Congress in Minnesota 2nd District, Northfield News
Angie Craig is officially running against Kline, MinnPost
Report: Jeb Bush self-identified as Hispanic on voter application in ’09, MPR
Would-be candidates make most of fundraising rule, Star Tribune
Rand Paul’s decisive moment was 4 years coming, Politico
Rand Paul announces presidential run, Washington Post
Paul to argue electability with 2016 launch, The Hill
Clock starts ticking for Hillary Clinton announcement, USA Today
How is Scott Walker like Reagan? He’ll tell you, The New York Times

State Sen. Branden Petersen updated his profile picture to the “I Stand with Rand” campaign logo, representing support of Sen. Rand Paul for President.  Petersen is viewed by Tea Party activists in Minnesota is a rising star. Morning Take
Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms, Star Tribune
Minn. farmers split on Dayton’s buffer strip proposal, KSTP
Dayton to unveil $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, Star Tribune
Dayton faces obstacles in push for construction finance plan, WCCO
Gov. Dayton frames $850 million proposal a ‘jobs bill,’ Fox 9
Capitol renovation
The other debate at the state Capitol: What to do with the building’s most controversial art? MinnPost
Andersen Corp. to add jobs, expand facilities in Minnesota, Pioneer Press
Andersen Windows commemorates big job-creating Minnesota expansion, Fox 9
Minnesota border cities want a better balance with the Dakotas, Prairie Business
The changing face of the heartland, The Brookings Institute
Education (K-12)
U.S. Dept. of Education keeps watch on St. Cloud schools, MPR
Minnesota’s St. Louis River named to 10 ‘most endangered’ list, Star Tribune
St. Louis River named one of 10 most endangered in nation over proposed mining in its headwaters, MinnPost
Equal Rights Amendment
April 2 letter to the editor printed in the Star Tribune where Reps. Pugh & Dettmer say the ERA violates the rights of the unborn:

Americans too disengaged to have a decent democracy?, MPR
Today in history

Met Council
4 suburban counties hire federal help to upend Met Council, Star Tribune
North Dakota
North Dakota governor issues memo banning bias against gays; Democrats want stronger action, Star Tribune
State of the State
The state of the state is. . . ., Pioneer Press

Walker’s Wisconsin
Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class, The Cap Times

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